The bad medical news received Friday by the
Griffin has pitched this spring as if something is wrong. He has surrendered 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. He will be checked out by a specialist Saturday is expected to open the season on the disabled list.
The loss of Griffin for any length of time could prove devastating. He was a rotation stalwart in 2013 with a 14-10 record and 3.83 ERA.
Baker has been dealing with a minor quad injury. He's slated to play first and hit third against the Mets. Baker hit .279 in 154 at-bats last year.
Furcal is dealing with a hamstring injury, but it's considered minor. He's been sidelined since March 10 with the issue. Furcal missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery.
Forearm tightness caused
Parker struggled mightily to end the 2013 season and to begin this spring.
Buchholz performed brilliantly last season despite missing three months with a shoulder injury. He won 12 of 13 decisions with a 1.74 ERA. He has surrendered just one run in eight innings this spring.
The Braves were the first team to score on Archer. He has surrendered just one run in 10 innings and has shown a propensity to keep hitters off-balance with a variety of pitches.
Perkins earned an All-Star Game spot in 2013 in nailing down 36 of 40 save opportunities. He gave up just 43 hits in 62 2/3 innings with just 15 walks and 77 strikeouts.
Some players set deadlines for long-term contract negotiations, but
"It doesn't matter to me," Trout told the Los Angeles Times. "Nothing bothers me. I go out there and play, man. I don't worry about any of that stuff."
Trout, who signed a $1 million contract for this season, has not played this spring as if distracted by off-field issues. He slugged three more hits on Thursday, including a triple, and is hitting .444 with nine RBI.
The quad problem that forced
The 26-year-old Gibson is battling for the last rotation spot. He had yet to give up an earned run this spring until Friday.